Friday, August 24, 2018

Ward 5 Report: Business Engagement Forums and Shakespeare Free for All

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2018 7:04 AM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Business Engagement Forums and Shakespeare Free for All


As a policymaker, it is always important to hear from the people who are on the front lines, people whose lives are impacted by the laws that myself and my colleagues pass. As Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, it is important that I understand the issues facing our D.C. small business community and continually look for new ideas and solutions to the challenges they face. That is why this week I began
hosting a series of Business Engagement Forums across every ward in the District. The forums started this week and continue throughout next week (see the full schedule below).

I appreciate the help our Main Street organizations and other business groups have offered in spreading the word out to their businesses, as well as sharing what they hear from owners every day. Just this week, I've heard from a Ward 5-based CBE contractor who shared her experiences (and frustrations) getting a business permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. I also heard from a food retailer who asked me to explore setting up a manufacturing tax credit program, like they have in Maryland.

My staff and I are already looking into both of these ideas. It was similar conversations that took place last year that led to the
package of legislation that I championed and passed to make it easier for our small businesses to work with D.C. government. We didn't just listen, we took action. By bringing together stakeholders, residents, and government, we can solve the issues we face as a city.

In Service,


A Response to Recent Incidents of Violence

Watch Councilmember McDuffie at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, discussing the culture of violence that negatively impacts the quality of life in D.C.

Want to do more?  Here are a few ways to get involved:
  • Sign up for your Police District Listserv to stay informed and get to know our police officers better.
  • Sign up to receive public safety alerts from the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
  • Attend a PSA meeting or get involved with your police district's Citizens Advisory Council. PSA meetings are typically announced on the listserv for that area.
  • Get involved in the community by volunteering with one of the many community-based organizations in Ward 5.
  • Help get comprehensive resources to address root causes of violent crime by supporting full implementation of the NEAR Act.
  • Get a subsidized security camera through D.C.'s Private Security Camera System Incentive Program.

Business Engagement Forums

Kenyan in the Community

Shakespeare Free For All - September 1

Councilmember McDuffie invites you to join him for a free production of Romeo and Juliet on "Ward 5 Night" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company on Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 pm.

To reserve your free ticket, please email your RSVP by Monday, August 27, along with any accessibility needs to Councilmember McDuffie’s office by emailing

Schools Chancellor Public Engagement Forum - September 11

The Our Schools D.C. Leadership Committee invites District residents to participate in one of three public engagement forums on the D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Search. The third and final forum will take place here in Ward 5, at Brookland Middle School.

DATE: Tuesday, September 11
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Brookland Middle School, 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE

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